6 Things You Need To Know Today – May 12, 2016

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  1. All Eyes On Shaw – Finance Minister To Open Budget Debate, Reveal $1.5m Plan Today. When Finance and Public Service Minister Audley Shaw opens the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives this afternoon, the country will be listening intently to hear details of how the Government plans to raise billions of dollars in additional revenue to fund the controversial $1.5-million tax initiative the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) promised…Read more Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Another Double Murder In St James – Mother And Son Slaughtered In Tucker. A mother and her 12-year-old son became the latest victims of the vicious cycle of murder in St James after gunmen broke into their home in Tucker, St James, early Wednesday morning and sprayed them with bullets as they slept…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Jamaica Faces Trek To A Green Economy. From the “historical momentum in favour of brown industries” – those overly dependent on fossil fuels – to “bias in the political system towards short-run and against long-run perspectives”, the deck appears stacked against Jamaica’s efforts towards a green economy…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Cozier’s Illustrious Innings Ends. Renowned regional and international cricket journalist, Tony Cozier, the voice of West Indies cricket for more than five decades, has died. The 75-year-old passed away yesterday morning at the Bayview Hospital where he had been hospitalised for the last few days. Cozier leaves…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Seen As Global First, Swiss Town To Accept Bitcoin Payments. A Swiss town that is billing itself as a hub for the digital-currency industry will accept Bitcoin for some payments starting this summer, in what proponents call a worldwide first by a government body and a sign that ‘crypto finance’ is growing in legitimacy…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Bob, Bullets, Revival, Bounty. Yesterday, May 11, 2016, made it 34 years since Bob Marley died. The thoughts that the Police Commissioner’s public connection between dancehall and violence provoked, some of which I wrote about in the previous column, carried over into this week, so the Smile Jamaica Concert came to mind…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com